Because daily challenges and emotional ups and downs are a natural part of the human condition, most irritations and setbacks are not something we need heavy-duty therapy to address. One caveat here: Please be sure to keep in mind your specific issues as you read on. If you are suffering from severe depressiom, please find a licensed therapist whose professional credentials speak to his or her ability to help clients meet serious, even life-threatening emotional challenges. Many licensed therapists have taken EFT trainings and are using these techniques along with more standard clinical treatment methods such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
However, most of us dealing with bread-and-butter life issues do not require clinical therapy. Rather, when feeling exhausted by the challenges that just don’t stop, we need inspiration – a cognitive and emotional booster shot – to help us to look at life more creatively when we hit life’s speed bumps and detours. This inspiration can be supplied by someone who is walking similar terrain, has trained in EFT best practices, is accredited and credentialed, and has developed a personal practice of daily EFT along the way. Below are a few helpful ideas to think about when seeking your EFT coach/practitioner.
EFT practitioners develop different skills and approaches so be sure to choose someone who resonates with your personal values; rapport is essential to success. Take some time to assess your optimum learning experiences in order to determine your best-case learning situations – individual, small group, or large group. Consider, too, your needs as an introverted or extroverted learner – generally, introverts prefer time to process alone or in a small group while extroverts prefer to process with lots of other people. Finally, think about your successful and most enjoyable learning situations to determine whether you like to be empowered to find your own way or want guidance all the way through your process – EFT is very much a “doing with” rather than a “doing to” modality.
EFT’s remarkable efficacy ensures that there is someone out there who is offering exactly what you need. As well as looking for a practitioner who can meet your specific emotional and physical needs, be sure you resonate with your chosen guide’s energy and approach to life’s challenges. One of the great skills we develop as we mature is a highly refined intuitive approach to new possibilities. Trust your intuition. If, like me, you’ve allowed this marvelous inner-guidance system to languish under the tyranny of left-brained preoccupations for periods in your life, know that you can woo your intuitive faculties back into full operating speed with attention, persistence, and EFT.